Moy Park has invested £180,000 in four revolutionary incubators at its hatchery in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, close to where the company is headquartered.
The new incubators - which have increased capacity at the parent stock hatchery by 16 percent - give Moy Park greater control over temperature, humidity and ventilation.
As well as improving hatchability, the state-of-the-art technology enhances the welfare of the chicks by monitoring and supplying precise levels of fresh air and oxygen for eggs and chicks at all times during incubation.
The incubators also consume 20 percent less energy than previous machines.
Speaking about the new incubators, Stephen Bamford, Grandparent Manager, Moy Park, said: “The results we have witnessed so far from the new system have been fantastic. The sophisticated technology continually monitors the temperature of the eggs and adapts to fluctuations to ensure chicks are of a consistent, high quality. Moy Park is committed to delivering industry leading operating processes and facilities, and this is another example of our commitment to that goal.”
Moy Park recently announced it has increased its output to five million chickens per week for the first time in the company’s 72 year history. This represents an increase of 60% in the past six years; growing from approximately 3.1 million birds per week in 2009.